Getting things done with Org-mode

Speaker: Vedang Manerikar


Vedang will walk the attendees through org-mode, and will showcase the workflow that he uses to track tasks and notes.

- What is org-mode?
- Why org-mode?
- Creating tasks in org-mode
- Filtering tasks using tags
- Task progress using TODO states
- The Org Agenda
- Clocking tasks, generating reports
- What should I do next?
- org-capture

Difficulty Level : Intermediate
Attendees are expected to have some prior experience using and configuring Emacs to extract the maximum benefit from this talk. No prior experience with org-mode is required.

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  • Vedang M.

    Hi All,

    I have uploaded the presentation (as a tar file) here:

    I don't know how useful these slides will be, since the entire session was an interactive hands-on session with me typing out most things after explaining them. YMMV.


    2 · January 23, 2013

  • Gaurav J.

    Great session. We should have the PEG sessions fortnightly. :D.

    January 20, 2013

  • Muneeb S.

    Since I was using Emacs before, I had seen well over dozen videos on Org-mode just trying to be better with it, but none of them could come closer to today's session. Having gone through BH's Org-mode to have better Org-flow but unable get hang of it since it was always like tl;dr, this talk has definitely helped me a lot.

    Thanks Vedang, HelpShift and The PEG for arranging this.

    Let's get more organized now! :)

    2 · January 19, 2013

  • Tejas B.

    Awesome session!

    January 19, 2013

  • Tejas B.

    That was a lot of stuff to take in so lost a bit in the middle, covering it up with the presentations.

    January 19, 2013

  • Piyush N.

    Great session with neatly and progressively org-anised slides ! :)
    Very helpful and of course convincing !

    1 · January 18, 2013

  • Prathamesh S.

    Excellent session

    1 · January 18, 2013

  • AbdulKarim M.

    Agreed with Mayank on remembering the key-sequences. :)

    January 18, 2013

  • Mayank J.

    Awesome Intro session. Only feedback I have is it was very difficult to keep track of what keys you are pressing. Only if we could like show the keys last pressed and let them show for like 3 seconds, it would help digest and follow along.
    Great start for Emacs Group :)

    4 · January 18, 2013

  • Baishampayan G.

    Excellent with some really useful tips.

    2 · January 18, 2013

  • Vedang M.

    Please make sure that you have org-mode installed. It comes in-built with Emacs 22.1 onwards, so everyone should have it, but please make sure that you do. Run M-x org-version to ensure that you have org-mode working. If you don't have org-mode, please visit and follow the instructions to install it.

    January 17, 2013

  • Vedang M.

    Hi All,

    A few notes on Friday's meetup:

    I'm trying to arrange for a projector; if that happens then we'll have much better seating and I'll remove the cap on the attendance. Be on the lookout for this tomorrow. Feel free to come along if you are willing to stand/work in other awkward positions.

    I request people who have RSVP'd to free up spots if they don't intend to attend the conference.

    Please try and make it on time, premium seating is available on a FCFS basis.

    I'll be demoing on Emacs 24. Notes and slides from the talk will be uploaded for those unable to attend.

    Please let me know if you have any other doubts.


    January 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome topic. Is some background in Emacs Lisp required?

    January 3, 2013

    • Vedang M.

      Nope, no background is emacs lisp is necessary (aside from a basic "how and where to copy-paste elisp code").

      1 · January 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Well, that's the part I have issues with :) ... Still haven't figured out how to customize `org-refile-targets` :)

      January 4, 2013

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